Luxury Interior Design in the Golden Mile

Today’s interior design inspiration comes from a gorgeous 4,000 square-foot residence that has been brilliantly restored and reinterpreted from a 1920’s era ground floor duplex. A modern day face-lift that doesn’t sacrifice any of the grand room proportions, hierarchy of spaces, or the neoclassical architectural detailing. A stunning classic design residence located in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, whose extraordinary private estates and mansions were built from the mid-nineteenth century until the ending of the 1930’s. This was Montreal’s zenith when the gentry resided and dazzled society with spectacular ornamented residential architecture and elegant living, which the privileged set did so decadently.

Completed by Interior Designers Jay Britto and David Charette of Britto Charette, with offices in Miami and New York, who ultimately created a luxury home that embraces the best from the old, while infusing the best of modern life for a home suitable for its sophisticated and worldly new owner. Preservation was closely observed in every move. From this careful labor of love, a beautiful restoration emerged, along with the addition of a formal master suite, a rebuilt foyer, sweeping staircase, a sleek and modern new kitchen, and beautiful living spaces. Heated walls and floors were included throughout to ward off the frigid Canadian winter temperatures.


In the living room, the luxurious Macassar ebony and carved silver bar,  humidor, and sleek coffee table are special pieces, handcrafted by Paris designer Patrick Baguech.  The graphic rug is by Kyle Bunting.   Great lengths were taken to select the perfect marble to go over the fireplace which is meant to serve as art itself.  The handsome herringbone floors are original to the apartment, as is the molding.  When the originals couldn’t be saved, the design duo enlisted a plaster specialist to carefully recast the originals ensuring authenticity.




Julian Opie’s Maria 2 presides over the chess area located at the rear of the living room.  Very elegant indeed!   The era’s Art Deco style has been observed in many of the pieces throughout.


The dining room features a work by Paul Beliveau.  The dining table was custom made in Europe and the chairs are by Reagan Hayes and include Missoni upholstered touches, arranged on a custom silk rug.  The elaborate plaster work is featured stunningly throughout.  This is one of my favorite posts to date, very classic yet completely contemporary.




The sleek new eat-in kitchen features glossy black and white cabinets and a lacquered Poggenpohl system, stainless steel and marble counter-tops with stone slab back-splash, stainless steel designer appliances including a glass front wine refrigerator,  carrara select marble floors, and a mirrored ceiling.



The curved banquette is of bespoke design and is upholstered in a Christopher Hyland fabric.  The piece was raised so that the radiant heat could flow with ease.  This is the area that receives the most action in the home, as with most homes.


The contemporary design enclosed family room also serves as a library with built in shelves,  upholstered walls, and bespoke design furnishings.


No modern luxury home would be complete without a room for watching television.



The chevron marble surrounded by the mosaic spray on the flooring in the foyer and upper landing was inspired by works in the Versace showroom in New York and are brilliant.  The landing also includes a glimmering sculpture of an Hermes Bag by Jonathan Seliger, along with (not shown here) Russell Young’s Marilyn Crying, which gives the space a very contemporary vibe.


The space opens onto Massimo Vitali’s soft blue beach scene, which is placed deliberately as another step towards taking a bite out of the area’s winter gloom.


In the master bedroom suite, special Macassar and ebony mill-work surround a minimal headboard, giving the space a refined masculine air, and continues at the foot of the bed with a chest that holds the pop up television.  This space was inspired by a visit to the Tom Ford boutique in Las Vegas.


The master bathroom features calacata gold marble on the walls and counter top and includes a free standing soaking tub.  The designers included lots of hidden luxuries throughout the property such as televisions hidden within the mirrors that only show when turned on.


One of the bedrooms features silver-leafed walls by de Gournay, painted over in gouache.





The home now has room for noise and play, for watching television and for entertaining, for conversation and for contemplation.   A sophisticated design home lived in with love in the heart of the city.

That concludes todays post my friends.  I hope you all enjoyed and have been inspired by this wonderful home’s restoration by these talented designers!   Be sure to check out their website to see more!

Britto Charette Interior Design

Britto Charette Interior Design reflects the modern tastes and design demands of today’s discerning global clients.  Their bilingual and well-traveled team brings the best global design innovations, luxurious finishes, cutting-edge trends in color and patterns, and trusted building materials to their discerning clients.   Their offices in Miami and New York City allow them to help clients from around the world plan and develop their luxurious interiors, creating a new way of living for residents in Miami, Brickell, Miami Beach, Sunny isles, Hallandale, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Singer Island, New York, Montreal, Caracas, Valencia, Saint Thomas, and beyond to anywhere in the world.

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***UPDATE***    Britto Charette is expanding even further..     The design firm has unveiled a new room at Casa Cor in Lima, Peru!    Festivities are going on there even now as they reveal the results of months of planning, designing, manufacturing, and building the incredible dining room for Casa Cor 2015.  From October 1st through November 8th, BRITTO CHARETTE will unveil a spectacular dining room featuring an all-Peruvian cast of artists and manufacturers.    ***For more info: Britto Charette Casa Cor Lima

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  • Ann

    I am not a modern person but I think it was well done except for all the white.

    • johnny knight

      Thanks so much for your comment Ann! Thanks for reading along!

  • Staci

    I am also not a huge fan of the “sterile” look but in this case, I wouldn’t change a thing! There is definitely a strong masculine feel but it all works. Beautiful!

    • Johnny Knight

      Thanks Staci! Yes..I agree..I loved the glistening whites, mirrors, gloss, and reflective surfaces in this home as they are balanced with those rich woods and luxe fabrics, particularly those in the grey/gray shades and the accents in deep purple. Love it!

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